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UMass Minutemen vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 11/29/2019 Predictions, Odds and Preview
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UMass Minutemen vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 11/29/2019 – The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will aim to extend their winning run to three games as it takes on the UMass Minutemen in an NCAA men’s basketball encounter on Friday night at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Sofascore will stream the game live and Top Betting Sites pick Big 10 contenders Rutgers to emerge against Atlantic 10 cage power UMass and stretch their win streak to three, as well as extend the Minutemen’s misery in the tournament.
UMass Minutemen vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 11/29/2019
After winning their first five games, the Minutemen (5-2, 0-0 in Atlantic 10) have gone into a two-game tailspin, losing to Virginia and St John’s by an average of 12.5 points. In their previous game against the Red Storm in the Naismith consolation round of the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame tournament, the team of head coach Matt McCall ran out of offensive ammunition in the second half after taking the upper hand in the first 20 minutes of play. UMass Minutemen had no answer for sophomore guard David Caraher, who came off the bench to score 17 points, and starting forward Josh Roberts, who tallied 16 markers, eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 33 minutes of action. TJ Weeks was the lone bright spot for the Minutemen as he registered 17 points, four rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes. Tre Mitchell came home with a double-double of 14 markers and 12 boards but had a clumsy night handling the leather as he recorded eight turnovers. UMass shot just 32.8% from the field (19-of-58) and had 17 TOs.
Players to Watch: TJ Weeks (15 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 0.4 APG, 0.4 BPG); C. Pierre (12.6 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1 SPG); T. Mitchell (12.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1 SPG, 1 BPG).
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-1, 0-0 in Big 10) are riding high on a two-game winning run with the last being a 27-point rout of New Jersey Institute of Technology. After falling behind early, the Steve Pikiell-coached quintet stepped up on their defense in the remainder of the first half to pick apart the Highlanders en route to the victory. Ron Harper Jr, the son of former NBA player Ron Harper, dropped 25 points and seven rebounds on 12-of-16 shooting from the field. Myles Johnson also stepped up for the Scarlet Knights, scoring 17 markers on 8-of-11 shooting and hauled down 11 rebounds. Geo Baker and Caleb McConnell contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively for Rutgers, which shot 58.3% from the field and dished off 22 assists. The Scarlet Knights dominated the boards, as the corralled 39 rebounds and allowed only 25 on the other end. They finished with just 10 turnovers and forced 11 takeaways on NJIT despite losing the steals battle to the tune of 4-6.
Players To Watch: R Harper Jr (12.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 0.7 APG); G. Baker (12.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG); A. Yeboah (9.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1 APG).
UMass Minutemen vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Predictions
Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
UMass Minutemen vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Picks
Rutgers is favored to win their third straight game while inflicting UMass their third consecutive setback, according to NCAAB point spread picks. The vaunted Scarlet Knights’ defense is expected to clamp down on UMass’ offense and pick them apart in the end.
Moneyline: Rutgers is given a -415 moneyline for this game while the line for UMass is +345.
ATS: The game will have a point spread of 8.5 with Rutgers holding a -8.5 ATS. UMass, on the other hand, is given a +8.5 ATS in this showdown.
TOTALS: The match is expected to go 133 with the Scarlet Knights going under and the Minutemen going over.
Score Prediction: Rutgers is seen to emerge victorious over UMass, 71-62.